Resilient Regional Food Supply Chains and Rethinking the Way Forward: Key Takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2019: $299,311.00
Projected End Date: 09/30/2022
Grant Recipient: The University of Texas at Arlington
Region: Southern
State: Texas
Principal Investigator:
Caroline Krejci
The University of Texas at Arlington
This article explores how regional food supply chains (RFSCs) can improve the resilience of the U.S. food supply system in the face of large-scale disruptions like the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, this research seeks to gain a greater understanding of how RFSCs can leverage logistics best practices for efficient and reliable distribution to consumers in normal times and during disasters. Highlights: • Case studies demonstrate regional food system resilience during the COVID-19 crisis • Regional food system alignment with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals is described • Farmers rapidly pivoted to new market channels using logistics best practices • The importance of offering consumers convenient delivery options is emphasized • Recommendations for maintaining sustainability in the long term are discussed
Amy Marusak, The University of Texas at Arlington
Narjes Sadeghiamirshahidi, The University of Texas at Arlington
Caroline Krejci, The University of Texas at Arlington
Anuj Mittal, Dunwoody College of Technology
Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food
Jaime Cantu, The University of Texas at Arlington
Mike Morris, The National Center for Appropriate Technology
Jason Grimm, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Researchers
This product is associated with the project "Regional Food Transportation for Texas Farmers"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.